Good Friday 2017
Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 / Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 / John 18:1 – 19:42
Three Kisses To Jesus?
The Holy Week commemorates the last days of Jesus on this earthly life. The ceremonies of the season remind the passions of Jesus. One sentence that highlights the season and the passions of Jesus is: “Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him.” (Matt.26:49)
A kiss is a sign of an affectionate communication. It is a sign of relational commitment and understanding. It has been a human instinct to show great affection. Jesus lived on this earth for 33 years and was crucified to death according to the plan of Redemption. It may be interesting to know who else kissed Jesus during his lifetime on this earth.
The affectionate kiss of the Mom:
Kissing a child is an instinctive act of a mom. Mother Mary who brought forth Jesus to this earth as her child should have kissed him thousands of times with the greatest affection. She should have kissed him when she had to run to Egypt to escape from the order of Herod to kill all the infants of Bethlehem. She should have kissed him when she found him in the Temple after searching for him for three days.
The kiss of contrition:
Luke records in his gospel the story of a sinful woman who kissed Jesus. God loves the sinners more than a mom can love her child. A kiss of contrition shows that God can turn a heart affectionate when a sinner reconciles with Him.
“Then he (Jesus) turned toward the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.'” (Lk.7:44-45)
A kiss of betrayal:
Judas kissed and betrayed Jesus. The story of Passions begins with the kiss of a friend or disciple. Kiss, the symbol of great love and affection has been misused here for a selfish purpose – may be for 30 pieces of silver coins by which Judas was bound to oblige the high priests of Judea.
What about the kiss that I am going to give to Jesus during the veneration of the cross?
Is this going to be the affectionate kiss of the Mom? Or
Is this going to be the kiss of contrition? Or
Is this going to be A kiss of betrayal?
Let us reflect well before we come to Kiss the Cross of Christ.